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Ladies in Business Spring 2018

The first Ladies in Business event of the year is for our Spring meet on Wednesday 14th March 2018 at Arighi Bianchi in Macclesfield. The event starts at 6.00pm and finishes at 8.00 and provides ample opportunity to network with like-minded local business women over food and complementary drinks supplied by the hosts. There will be a raffle on the night to raise much needed funds for our chosen charity of year; Cre8.  A representative from Cre8 will be with us on the night and will be providing information on the good work they do in In addition, Nick Bianchi will give a highly informative and amusing history of Arighi Bianchi. Places are limited so it is recommended to book early to book disappointment.  Tickets are £15 each and can be booked online   Ladies...

Cheque presented to Just Drop In Charity

In 2017 the chosen charity of the year for the Ladies in Business networking group was Just Drop In Macclesfield. An impressive £936 was raised in 2017 for the local charity from fundraising at the Ladies in Business events held throughout the year. The Just Drop In charity, dropped in to see us last week and along with RBS Business, Jobling Gowler Solicitors and Blunts Solicitors we presented them with a cheque. In 2018 the chosen charity is Cre8 and the first Ladies in Business event is on 14th March. For further information on the Just Drop in Charity go to

February News

Welcome to our February newswire designed to keep you informed of the latest business and tax issues. Please contact us if you have any questions. Remember, we're here to help.
  • HMRC rejected Self Assessment expenses and excuses - HMRC have released the latest list of imaginative excuses made by individuals who failed to submit their self assessment return by 31 January deadline in 2017. Click here for the full story
  • Tax-free childcare roll out - The implementation of Tax-Free Childcare, the new government scheme to help working parents with the cost of childcare, is being rolled out to eligible parents in stages.  Click here for the full story
  • HMRC halts thousands of scam text messages - HMRC have announced that they have stopped thousands of taxpayers from...

Corporate Crime

Fraud is an ever-present danger for any limited company. Has an accountant ever reviewed your company’s financial controls and protect you against Corporate Crime? Twenty years ago, limited companies with a turnover exceeding £350,000 were required to have a statutory audit. This figure has risen over time, with the most recent increase taking it to £10.2m.  As a result, for long established small businesses, the annual visit from the auditors is now something of a distant memory. Equally for most more recently established businesses, the statutory audit is not something they have ever considered. Companies below the audit exemption  threshold The drop in accountancy fees and the reduction in the amount of time spent preparing documents for accountants has undoubtedly been appreciated by most limited companies which have been exempted, and for many companies the exemption is wholly appropriate. However with a statutory audit no longer required,...

March Business Breakfast – Website Effectiveness

The first Harts Business Breakfast event of 2018 will be held on 7th March at our offices in Macclesfield. The focus will be around determining the effectiveness of your business website, and our speaker will be Steve Bowers of Seven Communications Limited. Steve will discuss how businesses can find the Return on their Investment (ROI) a challenge and it shouldn't be seen as an obligatory marketing channel and that there are many tools available to give a deep insight into a website and its appeal to an audience. The most powerful of these is Google Analytics - a free resource with a huge range of measurement tools which will pinpoint how your audience engages with your site, which areas to focus on for development, which have the greatest appeal, and how to calculate whether the marketing budget...